Painting ducklings toenails??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DuckLover179, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. DuckLover179

    DuckLover179 Waddles & Puddles

    Nov 28, 2010
    Okay I heard of people on BYC doing this, and I would totally do it, too, but is it toxic to them? I would be worried about them chewing it off their toes and digesting it, is that usually a problem?

    If it's not toxic, how the heck do you get them to stay still?! [​IMG]
  2. tia

    tia Songster

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    Why? I guess I mean... why would you want to?
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2011
  3. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Songster

    Oct 8, 2010
    Escondido CA
    My daughters use their non toxic sidewalk chalk to color my chickens toes. Its cute. It doesn't last, obviously, but I think its pretty safe, and the chickens act like Hollywood Divas after being all "painted" up.
  4. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I imagine they would Hate the smell, my moms dog completely freaks out if he even gets a whiff of nail polish, sneezes, cries and everything, lol.
  5. The Duck ABC's

    The Duck ABC's Songster

    Feb 5, 2011
    Nail polish just takes to long to dry. I would use an enamel pen. The advantage is quick drying time, so it does not have the time to get into the blood stream. A better choice, for marking, is probably electrical zip ties. These are very cheap, can get set to the right size, and get replaced if the ducks leg is still growing. I used to use plastic bandettes with numbers on my ducks. The problem, the numbers were printed on and rubbed off. Two managed to loose theirs, so I gave up and removed them all.
  6. Alicia G

    Alicia G Songster

    Sep 29, 2010
    Nova Scotia
    I have done that before, but not for style but so I can tell the babies apart. I began to let young 4-hers pick out there own duckling and they would paint there toe nails one color to show that was there bird. And when they came over to work with there animal it was easy for them to go over and find there lil guy.
  7. tonini3059

    tonini3059 [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Luv

    Nov 6, 2008
    Southwestern PA
    I have done that before with chicks but found that it rubs off too quickly, I would also use the zip ties, just make sure to monitor how much their leg grows.
  8. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I paint Ming Mei's toe nails... But it's completely out of Vanity. lol... If she comes into the room while I'm doing my own toes, she comes over and looks at me. I pick her up, put out all the colors, and she pecks which one she wants. She then usually holds her foot very still and lets me paint them. They do make special polishes for dogs (found at petland pet stores) but I just use the quick drying kind and I use a little fan to blow on her feet until their ready.
  9. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    oh wanted to add- I wouldn't use enamel....

    the ingredients they use to make colors like bright orange and green and blue are TOXIC even to people. That's why you should wear gloves when house painting and why I should never put my drink next to my brush cleaner cup while painting. Cyanide is a common ingredient than paint. yeah, no good...

    toe nail polish make smell, but if your quick and use only a little and have a little fan blow away fumes, they should be just fine
  10. DuckLover179

    DuckLover179 Waddles & Puddles

    Nov 28, 2010
    Thanks Nettie! I won't be painting them for indentification, I can tell them apart. I just wanted to paint them because it would make a good spa night addition. I will be painting them when they're older. [​IMG]

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